Diet Food Pyramid Vs Traditional Food Pyramid


For most of us, the most recognized symbol of healthy food is found in the food pyramid. It indicates which foods we should eat in which portion sizes so that our body receives the nutrients it requires. If you’re creating a healthy diet plan you would do well to look at the Mediterranean diet food pyramid. The Mediterranean diet is recognized as one of the healthiest diets in the world and is actually endorsed by the Mayo Clinic.

What is the Mediterranean Diet Food Pyramid

The Mediterranean diet food pyramid is an alternative to the traditional one which is becoming increasingly popular because it is not based on popular food trends. The diet itself is founded on thousands of years of tradition within the Mediterranean region. The dietary traditions of Mediterranean countries have long been recognized as very healthy, and the food that they consume is one of the main factors in that healthiness. Knowing the difference between the traditional food pyramid and the Mediterranean one will assist you in improving your health.

The Mediterranean diet food pyramid is significantly different to the traditional one

Organic and Traditional Food

fd2Throughout recent history, the agricultural industry has gone through many changes. This is mainly due to the debate between organic foods, and the traditionally made ones. Although our generation has become very use to generic and processed foods, they are a fairly new to the market. So new, in fact, that many debates have sprung up whether these types of foods are safe or not.

Non-organic foods can be created in four different ways: pesticides, contaminated fertilizer, hormones, or radiation. Pesticides have been used to kill insects and weeds, but some have been found to leak into the food and contaminate it. Some farms looked for a cheaper fertilizer that would be able to re-stimulate the soil, and resorted to human waste. This seemed like a good idea until it was found to be linked to chronic diseases. Hormones were generally used once the fast food industry started to grow. There was such a demand for meat that animals were injected with hormones so they would grow much more quickly to meet requirements. Antibiotics were also used to

Traditional Food in Colombia

fd1Colombia has a privileged location in South America, with part of its coast to the cool Pacific Ocean and part in the Caribbean with its warmer waters. Part of the country has mountains, other part has valleys. Therefore they can grow all kinds of fruits, vegetables and have all kinds of seafood.

Through its history, Colombia has received influence of the Peruvian and Brazilian cuisine’s tradition, but also from the Japanese and Arabic way of cooking. To this add their own cultural heritage, as the Amerindians also raised different species of animals, with which they could make delicious dishes. And to this variety we also must add the Spanish tradition.

We could say that the Colombian cuisine uses different meats, fishes, plenty of vegetables and lots and lots of exotic and delicious fruits.   Also their delicacies depend on the regions, as food is different in the mountain regions than what is on the coastal regions. Its food is always, anyway, very tasty, with natural flavors, and not too spicy. Colombians also love soups, which are practically a must in each dinner or lunch. But the most important fact is that

Some of the Most Expensive Foods

If you are a lover of some of the worlds most luxury foods then you may wish to take a look at our list of some of the very best and most expensive foods to be found around the globe.

First on our list is one of the worlds most expensive spices used in cooking – saffron. This spice comes from the crocus flower, originally from Greece but now grown in other parts of the world where it brings a high price. This colorful and well-loved spice has been used for over three thousand years in food preparation and for the medicinal values it has. In the past saffron has been worth more than gold and was used as a currency.

White truffles are highly regarded as a luxury and one of the very best foods in the world due to its rich aroma and intense flavor. The truffles, a type of mushroom are found underground at the roots of certain types of trees where pigs or dogs unearth them.

One of the worlds most expensive caviars is Almas, this means diamond, which is an excellent name for this luxury food of the very

Christmas Food Around The World

The following provide just a taster of favourite festive foods, from around the world:


Austrians celebrate Christmas in grand style with a Christmas Eve supper of carp simmered in a ginger and beer-flavoured sauce and seasonal vegetables, followed by Topfenpalatschinken (sweet cheese crepes topped with an apricot caramel sauce) for dessert. The traditional fare on Christmas Day is roast goose with all the trimmings.


Australian Christmas dinners vary from state to state and from one group of people to another. In general, however, traditional Australian festive fare consists of roast turkey, with ham and/or pork. Christmas pudding (containing a lucky token) and mince pies are also served for afters.


As with many other European countries the main Christmas meal is enjoyed on Christmas Eve rather than on Christmas Day. A typical Bulgarian Christmas dinner consists of twelve different meat-free dishes such as beans, nuts, dried fruit (usually plums), cakes and Banitza (cheese and spinach filo parcels).


In Brazil, chicken, turkey, pork and ham are all popular meats for the main Christmas meal, served with rice, salad and dried fruits.

Czech Republic

Christmas is celebrated

Comfort Foods Around the World

Although chicken noodle soup might be most people’s idea of the perfect comfort food, there are other delicious meals that are just as satisfying. It might interest you to know what people in different countries consider comforting.

In the United States, typically requested dishes include brownies, tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, pancakes, mashed potatoes with gravy, lasagna, chili with cornbread, pizza, s’mores, potato skins, buffalo wings and more. Canadian favorites include poutine, which is a dish of French fries served with gravy and cheese curds. Macaroni and cheese is also well loved there.

In the United Kingdom, childhood favorites are popular in adulthood. These dishes include sausages with mashed potatoes, steamed puddings, ice cream, and boiled eggs with toast strips for dipping. Satisfying Irish foods include boiled stews, homemade cakes, and traditional Irish breakfast.

Congee is considered the most soothing snack in China and this is a thick breakfast soup. Egg drop soup, sweet red bean soup and sweet potato soup are also popular. Japanese curry and miso soup are well loved in Japan.

South American Comfort Food

Argentineans enjoy breaded meat with fries, pasta with Parmesan and butter, dulce de

Organic Superfoods From Around the World

Organic Beans and Organic Pulses (legumes) are high in protein and extremely nutritious. Yet, they remain the cheapest source of food in the world. They can be grown in any climate and throughout the centuries people around the globe have relied on these natural, health giving foods for their staple diet.

On average, beans and pulses have a protein content ranging from 17-25% which is double that of most cereals and higher than that of meat, fish and eggs. Organic Soya Beans, for example, contain 38% protein.

Legumes are also rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements, which are essential for maintaining good health. Dried legumes, do not contain vitamin C, however, but when they are sprouted, this triggers off the manufacture of this important vitamin.

Another key benefit of all Organic Beans and Organic Pulses is that they contain very little, or no fat, which makes them extremely beneficial in terms of keeping cholesterol levels low.

They are also an excellent source of roughage, vital for maintaining good health, as fibre is essential for the elimination of poisonous waste from the body. In fact, Organic Beans and Organic Pulses comprise all the

Popular Breakfast The World

Are you tired of the same ole bacon and eggs for breakfast?

Want to try new and exciting breakfast recipes but was afraid to ask? Well let me take that fear away from you.

My family and I love to travel and when we travel to new places, we like to experience the culture. Breakfast have always been a key meal in our family so naturally, we like to find out what each culture’s breakfast recipes have to offer.

I will start your curiosity off with the following three authentic breakfast recipes:

1) Mexico – Atole (A Warm Creamy Breakfast Drink)

This is a delicious drink and it is also very satisfying. This is one of the most popular breakfast drinks in Mexico. I was told that people in Mexico drank it all the time.

It is a thick drink as the drink is thickened with Maizena (corn flour or corn starch). I’ve been to Mexico four times so far and I only discovered Atole on my most recent trip. My wife and I had a cup each for breakfast and it was divine.

The natives in Mexico also use

Cocktail Bars Around The World

Want to know all about the most happening bars in the world where the cocktails and the ambience, both have exerted a magical spell over patrons year after year. Making them flock to their portals again and again. These cocktail bars have become landmarks in their respective cities and a watering hole for similarly inclined souls.

Here’s a look at the hottest 10 cocktail bars around the world.

1. Bemelmans Bar, New York. Exuding an old-world elegance and charm, Bemelmans, the exquisitely done up bar at Carlyle Hotel, has been a Manhattan icon for more than five decades now. This popular watering hole has been attracting patrons from all walks of life like a magnet – socialites, politicians, movie stars and the movers and shakers in politics and Hollywood. Great drinks, great food and attentive service, coupled with the iconic 24-carat gold leaf-covered ceiling, make this one of the best lounge bars in the city and among the top bars in the world.

2. The Connaught Bar, London. One of London’s most popular and iconic bars, the cocktails on the menu are a dramatic mix of tradition and innovation. Nothing less than exclusive vintages

The Food Pyramid

The staple of modern day diets include foods like bread, cereal, pasta, rice, and other grains. These foods constitute the base of what was once a chapter within our middle school health textbook: The Food Pyramid. Patterning a diet according to this food pyramid would mean up to 11 servings of these types of foods. Obviously someone discovered the supernatural powers hidden within grains and decided we should stuff our faces with it throughout the day. Well thankfully everyone listened to the omniscient pyramid and now we find ourselves in the midst of an uber healthy society dominated by grain consumption.

All joking aside, our society cannot claim good health as one of its defining characteristics. Rather than a defining characteristic, good health is more like Camus’ Sisyphus, a completely unreachable endeavor. With exponential increases in diabetes, coronary heart disease, and many cancers, we are actually tumbling down the spectrum of health into a pit of confusion. Yes, confusion. We should be confused about why our food (our giver of health, life, and energy) has not saved us from the torment of these diseases. Even our drugs have failed us, but that is neither here nor

Nutrition the Way Your Body Wants It

Ready for a Shocker?

Much of what we eat today is falling way short of what our body considers to be “good nutrition”.

Sure, the marketing label says the food product has all the popular vitamins, minerals and other trendy nutrients at levels that seem impressive on the surface. But our body isn’t fooled. Our body in its incredible and complex design knows exactly what it requires.

Were you aware for example, that one human cell has over 200 factories performing functions so complex, 50 of the world’s Top CEO’s would struggle to manage them even for one day? Then consider that our body has over 60 trillion cells and it becomes quite clear there’s a huge amount taking place within our body, much of which we are unaware of, as we go about our daily lives.

This leaves us with a problem, as modern foods are lacking in two main areas:

1. Nutritional Content: It turns out that nutritional value of most of the food on our supermarket shelves is dropping in quality each year. A study by the American College of Nutrition found that in order to get the same vitamin

Chinese Food on the Go

Chinese cuisine has a wide variety of food due to its old culture and different cooking styles. Foods on the northern part of China are different from those on the southern part due to differences in resources, climate, and tradition. Western provinces also produce different types of food and different styles of cooking due to differences in geographical conditions and availability of ingredients.

Most of the Chinese food includes soup, rice meals, noodles, bread and buns, and stir fry. These are easy to prepare dishes but require excellent skill in cooking. Chinese people are considered to be one of the great chefs because of their skill, perseverance and attitude in cooking. They create different types of food that are delicious unique and amazing.

Today people are too busy that sometimes we have no time to cook or prepare our food but Chinese have variety of food that can be eaten on the go. Typical bread contains mainly of carbohydrate but Chinese cuisine offers a wide variety of healthy and nutritious improvised food such as siopao, siomai, dumplings and rice rolls. Siopao is a bun stuffed with meat like pork, chicken, ham and egg. It does

Best Food For the Healthiest Cat

Most people think that the best cat food they can buy is the most expensive commercial cat food, often those sold at veterinarians, or in little individual packets.

Then they wonder why their cat seems to be hungry all the time.

In this article, I want to take you on a journey, perhaps a journey of discovery. It may not read as the most pleasant journey you have been on, but it may be the most informative one.

An abattoir is where animals are slaughtered, for food or leather or both. Most people are aware of this, but prefer not to think about it too much. The pretty packs of meat in the supermarket hide the real story behind meat production.

If you’re already cringing, and thinking of putting this article down, I promise to make it as informative as possible without making you too upset – just enough to take action, perhaps? After all, you do want to find the best cat food, or you wouldn’t be reading this.

If any animal comes in for slaughter who is suspected of Mad Cow Disease, because they can’t move when stimulated to, many

Fast Food and Traditional Food

The term “cooking” includes a wide range of methods, tools and combination of ingredients to create the flavor and digestibility of food. Cooking technique, known as culinary art, generally requires the selection, measurement and combining of ingredients in a controlled procedure in an effort to achieve the desired result. Constraints on success include the variability of ingredients, ambient conditions, tools, and the skill of the individual cooking. The diversity of cooking worldwide is a reflection of many nutritional, artistic, agricultural, economic, cultural and religious considerations that impact upon it. Cooking requires applying heat to a food which usually chemically transforms it and changing its flavor, texture, appearance, and nutritional properties. There is archaeological evidence that the primitive human being used to cook their food with fire that was the most important thing discovered by the primitive human being. Cooking food and cuisine culture vary from country to country and from one culture to another and each cuisine has its specific particularity. Nowadays, because of the modern life that changes everything around us and influence our life style and eating habits, people are less preparing their own food. Eating habits tend to unify people from different society. The

Cooking Traditional Food

Cooking traditional food from the UK in the comfort of your own home can seem like the impossible. The wonderful foods that one thinks about from England may seem only possible if you eat at the finest restaurants in the UK or around the world.

The truth is that you can make your own favorite traditional English foods at home now. The Internet has opened many doors for food lovers. The average person, as well as the professional chef, has added to the many incredible British recipes that can be made at home by using the net.

Where to Find UK Traditional Food

It can seem a bit out of reach to be able to find real traditional food from the UK if you do not live there. The idea that what you get will be the same as if you were fine dining in London seems very farfetched. The truth is that you can get the real deal to serve at home. Many traditional British meals are available on recipe sites all over the Internet.

If you want to find the best traditional UK food recipes to make at home, simply log onto

Balinesse Traditional Food

Bali has many kind of traditional food which are tastefully spicy as they are remarkably varied. Balinese still keep their traditional food especially in Balinese temple ceremony, Balinese birthday otonan, Balinese wedding, or when hosting special guest. I will list some of popular Balinese Traditional Food.

1. Babi Guling (Suckling Pig)

Suckling pis if very famous in Bali, almost every Balinese favorite. Suckling pis is full body roasted with variety of spices. Usually prepared for temple ceremony, Galungan Day, or Balinese Ceremony. However Balinese often keep pigs behind the house, feeding on food scraps, for that important time when they will be killed and eaten. If you think Suckling Pig in Bali is exclusively Balinese traditional food that can only be found in Bali, you are totally wrong, because I found a list that Balinese suckling pig is already International Food (Esquire October 2007 edition, page 72) and one of my favorite Suckling Pig warung in Ubud called Bu OKA list on it.

2. Ayam Betutu

Ayam betutu is chicken with Balinese spice mixture, the spices consist of coconut oil, turmeric, ginger, nutmeg, onion, garlic, cassava or salam leaves, a chilies. All the

Italian Traditional Food

Italian traditional food is known for its wonderful recipes and wines, but often an important side of it is hidden or even unseen.

This side is what eating means for Italians. It’s not just eating, it means much more.

If you happen in a major Italian city you may find some shops with continued opening time. But the most close from 1 to 4.30pm. Italians do stop for lunch.

Life has changed in Italy too, not allowing everyone to go home for lunch and maybe take even a rest. But most public offices close at 2.00pm and the ones that work from 9 to 5 have lunch time, where people go to restaurants and have a real meal.

I went to meet a friend who works in a bank office in Rome and we had lunch together. She suggested a small familiar restaurant (trattoria) where I ate wonderful potato gnocchi and unforgettable artichokes with potatoes). A real lunch, that is maybe served in luxury Italian restaurants abroad, eaten during a lunch break from job.

This idea lead to another interesting fact about restaurants in Italy and Italian restaurants abroad.

Usually, the

Traditional Food

You may love the warm tingle of the mild spices, namely oregano and chilli flakes coated on the slice of a 12 inch pizza. Their tangy tomato sauce may glide through your tongue and into your stomach with a feeling that leaves you craving you for more. The stretchy cheese may leave you salivating to no end but it is a known fact that a person who has practically lived his entire life on the humble warm rice and soft, carbohydrate rich chapattis can never shun his traditional food, no matter how undying his love for international cuisine may be. He will always find his way back home.

Food is the ultimate need for man. Long gone are the days when people would eat to live. Now is the time when people live to eat. With the countless number of Indian food restaurants opening in every nook and cranny of the country and the world at large, it has only become easier to stick to our roots. These restaurants may be parked in any part of the world but they successfully continue to deliver authentic, lip-smacking Indian food without compromising on the quality. Indian food seems

Seductive Indonesian Traditional Food

There is nothing like going for some Indonesian Traditional Food. Once you have filled your week with enough local and fast food, or you have gone a month with eating European and world fairs from the many restaurants located island wide, it would be time to visit one of the authentic Indonesian Traditional Food restaurants in Singapore. I think the word I would use to describe the food would be ‘flavour’.

There is just a burst, and explosion of savoury taste that I experience whenever I bite into a well prepared Indonesian meal. I just cannot say no to a well prepared ‘rendang’ meal, there is nothing like the heavy coconut gravy and the almost melt in your mouth chunks of meat that accompany it, a perfect complement to the bowl of fragrant rice that accompanies it. The meat is tender and the servings are always known to be extremely generous. They are no slouch when it comes to their chicken either, roasted or grilled, they are liberated from their tasteless forms with a whole variety of spices and chillies that make for an excellent dining experience. The meat just melts of the bone and the

Replacement Vs Traditional Food

Meal replacement products are gaining popularity in the market today especially to those who want to stay healthy and in great shape. Upon learning about this information, you may want to try to use these products specifically the Lean Body Meal Replacement supplements. You might want to know its advantages compared to traditional food preparation. Read on below for a brief comparison between the two.

Nutritional content- In the traditional food preparation, you must be knowledgeable enough to know the food sources of each nutrient. What if you do not have enough knowledge about this? How would you know that are eating the right kind of food? Assuming that you know all the food sources, are you sure enough that you have the right amount of food to supply you with enough nutrients? It is difficult, right? But with Lean Body Meal Replacement, you can get all the nourishment you need in just a single preparation. It can fuel up your body with protein and other essential nutrients. Even diabetics can benefit from this product because of its low to zero sugar content depending upon the product. Lean Body can also be taken as meal add-ons